Our History of Prevention: 1988 – 2000


  • Tiverton Town Council designates the Tiverton Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force as official recipient of RI Substance Abuse Prevention Act funding for Tiverton (RISAPA mandated the creation of community substance abuse prevention task forces in each municipality in Rhode Island).
  • Tiverton police trained for ADAM (Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring).
  • Part-time substance abuse counseling positions funded for Grades 5–8 and 9–12.
  • Teacher training on substance abuse prevention begins.
  • Parent Effective Training (PET) classes offered for young parents.
  • Alcohol and prescription drug abuse lectures offered for mature adults.
  • 24 community members joined task force, representing town government, civic organizations, schools, the medical community, parent organizations and senior citizens.
  • 1990

  • Focus on youth funded: after school programs as alternatives to alcohol and drug use; PlayBack Theater, to help students recognize and respond to abusive situations; Stop Over Shelter (S.O.S.) for intervention services for students at risk of substance abuse; substance abuse education for athletes in Grades 9–12; and peer mentoring programs between high school and elementary school students.
  • Affiliated with Consortium for Community Initiatives and joined the other 35 State task forces to pressure the governor to release $2.1 million in undistributed RISAPA funds.
  • Received a grant for SAVE (Stop Addiction through Vendor Education); 19 vendor training workshops scheduled.
  • Conducted Save a Sweetheart, a no-smoking awareness program, at the middle school.
  • Enacted Project Assist, second-hand smoke education program for youth program, with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
  • 2000

  • Transition from a task force model to a coalition model begins.
  • Coalition adopts strategic planning methodology.
  • Contracted Initiatives for Human Development to conduct a Community Needs Assessment to determine substance abuse prevention needs and resources.
  • Specific goals set to reduce negative behaviors and reinforce positive behaviors among 8th grade students regarding the use and approval of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, and to decrease susceptibility to peer pressure.
  • Funded Stopover Services, which provides counseling and recreational services to high-risk families and their children.
  • Supported and participated in the development of a comprehensive K–12 health curriculum.
  • Adopted Rhode Island's Performance Based Prevention System (PBPS), which supports accountability and the utilization of programs that are federally certified as effective Model Programs.
  • Initiated anger management and social skills programs the Middle School.
  • Funded after school programs.
  • Published first Coalition newsletter to update parents of 8th graders about Coalition initiatives.

  • Our History of Prevention:

          1988 - 2000      2005 - Present
    Cathy Aprea, 1994 – 1997
    Rita St. Laurent, 1997 – 1999
    Joan Riley, 1999 – 2000
    Pat Athanas, 2000 – 2001
    Pat Atkinson-Santos, 2001 – 2002
    Rebecca Elwell, 2002 – Present

    Peter Dias 1988 – 1992
    William White 1992 – 1994
    Joseph Runner 1994 – 1996
    Wesley Stinson 1996 – 1998
    Joseph Runner 1998 – 1999
    Cathy Aprea 1999 – 2002
    Edith Borden 2010 – present